Apr 23, 2023 - Third Sunday of Easter
Welcome in the name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. If you are visiting, we are glad that you are here and kindly ask that you sign our guest book at the sanctuary doors. If you would like to become a member please speak to the Pastor. In case of illness, the Pastor should be informed. He will always be glad to speak with those who are confronted with problems of a spiritual nature. The time before worship is a quiet time for prayer and meditation to prepare for worship. Please see the inside cover of the hymnal for prayers and page 329f to prepare for Holy Communion. God bless you as we gather before our gracious God!
The Risen Lord Jesus Is with Us in Holy Baptism and in ‘the Breaking of the Bread’
From “before the foundation of the world” until heaven and earth pass away, “the word of the Lord remains forever” (1 Peter 1:20, 25). This “living and abiding word of God” is the preaching of Christ Jesus, namely that God “raised him from the dead and gave him glory” (1 Peter 1:21, 23). By this living word, we “have been born again” to eternal life (1 Peter 1:23) and ransomed from our sinful and mortal life “with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18–19). This living word also calls us to repentance, to dying and rising in Holy Baptism “in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38). In this, we receive the Holy Spirit “for you and for your children and for all who are far off” (Acts 2:39). Through the preaching of His cross and resurrection, Jesus draws near to bring us “into his glory” (Luke 24:26). As He opens the Scriptures, He opens our minds to comprehend “the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27), and He brings us to know Him “in the breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:35).
Collect of the day:
O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting Three on page 184
Introit is found on the insert and is spoken responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41 1 Peter 1: 17-25 Luke 24: 13-35
HYMNS: 469, 483, 585
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Gail
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Sherran; Herta; Lucy; Minnie and Willie; Carolyn (surgery April 19); Gwenda
Friends and Fellow Christians: Joan (Carolyn’s sister, heart attack); Ed (prostate cancer); Lynda; Les’ cousin Mike (non-Hodgkins lymphoma); Lutheran Church in Ukraine; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Allison, Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Kylene (friend of Gina’s); Rev. Ron Mohr.
Mission Prayers for April: Rev. Walta Clercius – Quebec, Rev. Frank Morgret – Quebec, Rev. Marco-Antonio Jacobsen - Quebec
VOTERS ASSMEBLY: is planned for next Sunday April 30 following the divine service.
LADIES OF GRACE: APRIL 29th – Spring Rally @ Risen Christ, Mississauga . Grace to bring a Dessert. Guest Speaker, Pastor Gatluak; contact Diana for more information. MAY 6TH – LWML CANADA Seminar – this open to all ladies of Grace our Topic for this seminar is from Isaiah 61:3, “Oaks of the Righteousness” . Registration is $40 (inl. Light breakfast & Lunch), Tillsonburg, ON @9:30 am; Registration forms are in Debby’s mailbox. End of the year Gathering is on June 10th at Swiss Chalet at Stevenson and 401; pay your own; rsvp to office 905-728-4381 by June 1st. all are welcome.
APRIL CALENDAR: is available on the table at back of church. Check out the daily devotional Bible verses for you.
Happy Easter! He has risen indeed!
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Sunday school and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 7:00pm Elders meeting
Sunday (w) 9:30am Bible study and Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service followed by Voters Assembly
Next Sunday’s Readings: Acts 2:42-47 1 Peter 2: 19-25 John 10: 1-10